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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

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P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

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Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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CURRENCY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Japanese printed invasion money, mostly for the Dutch East Indies. .1 Japansche Regeering een cent .2 Japansche Regeering vijf cent .3 Japansche Regeering half gulden .4 Dai Nippon Teikoku Seihu 1 sato roepiah .5 Japansche Regeering vijf gulden .6 Japansche Regeering tien gulden .7 Dai Nippon Teikoku Seihu sepoeloeh roepiah .8 The Japanese Government promises to pay the bearer on demand Ten Dollars .9 The Japanese Government promises to pay the bearer on demand One Hundred Dollars

BOOK - Australians in World War 1: Australian Light Horse

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black and cream softcover with fold in flaps. Front cover has head and shoulders photo of Light Horseman in uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on first page with previous owners' names and address.

BOOK - Record of Service

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Record of Service book A.A.B 83 re W Bird. Khaki paper covers.

Historical information

William (Billy) Bird VX 113169 enlisted in the 2/14th Batt 2nd AIF on 19.10.42 age 18 years. He served in the Pacific and was discharged from the Army on 21.8.46. Refer 136.2P re his sister Bettie. Refer 127.56 re Colin Odlum.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX113169 Pte Bird W"

MEDAL SETS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

1.) Medal set, court mounted, set of (5) re J Preece. 1. 1914-15 Star. 2. War Medal 1914-19. 3. Victory Medal. 4. War Medal 1939-45. 5. Australian Service Medal. .2) medal set, court mounted, set of (2) re A.J.Sundin. 1. War Medal 1914-19. 2. Victory Medal.

Historical information

John Preece No 765 enlisted in the AIF on 7.9.1914 in F Coy 12th Batt age 26 years 7 months. Embarked for Eygpt 20.10.1914, embarked for Gallipoli 2.3.1915. Embarked for France 2.4.1916, hospital 4.7.1916 with Fracture of the right hand accident, hospital 9.6.1918 with Influenza, discharged from the AIF 31.1.1919. Enlisted WW11 as No S393 on 12.8.1940, hospital 10.7.1941 with Gastro Enteritis, 23.4.1942 injury to right knee, 27.12.1942 with Pluerisy, 28.5.1943 with Nueritis, discharged from the Army medically unfit 6.9.1943. At the time he was a Sgt in 4 Garrison Batt. A Miner, Alexander John Sundin No 7914 enlisted on 24.7.1917 in 3rd Aust Tunneling Coy age 44 years 8 months. Embarked 21.11.1917, Gassed 10.9.1918, discharged medically unfit 30.1.1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) "765 DVR J Preece 12 BN AIF. - "S393 J Preece" .2) "7914 SPR A.J.Sundin 3 Tun Coy A.I.F"

CUSHIONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Commemorative cushions bearing Edith CAVELL's name .2) Crotchet commemorates the Dardanelle's campaign fallen 1915. Fillet crochet panels mounted on dark red plain cushion covers with white piping on edge

Historical information

Edith Louisa Cavell 1865 - 1915 was a British Nurse working in German occupied Belgium during the early years of WW1. She saved lives on both sides but she also helped some 200 Allied POW’s and Civilians escape Belgium to Britain. She was arrested by the Germans and charged with Treason, found guilty by Court Martial and executed on 12.10.1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) "Edith/Cavell/Absent/From/The/Body/ Present/With/ The/ Lord/Resurgam." .2) "Dardenelles/ 1915/ our heroes

WALLET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Wallet, leather, black , folds in 3 with brass clip to close front. .2) Leather covered note book attached to 1453.1 by black string through centre of the notebook. Various addresses military dates etc throughout. .3)-.5) 3 Newspaper cuttings in wallet re agriculture sheep etc.

Historical information

The wallet belonged to Clarence W Curnow VX100151 2nd AIF. Refer 1444, 1445.2.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white head & shoulders photo in a fawn cardboard folder. Red Cross Servicewomen in uniform, cap with badge, jacket & tie with Rising Sun badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten bottom R corner: Vincent Kelly Bendigo Handwritten R flap: To Dear Jean Wishing you a Merry Xmas Your loving friend Trude 1942 Outside L flap on L top corner: Jean

BOOK - You'll Die in Singapore

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard, black coloured buckram cover, gold print on spine, 189 cut plain pages, illustrated, black & white photo of author, black & red map. Autobiography - an account of Charles McCormac's escape from a Japanese prison camp in Singapore.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front fly leaf in black ink: RSL Stamp

CARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian Comforts Fund Xmas card made from one sheet of parchment paper, folds into four. Front has drawing of the "Bell tower Bethlehem" and "Greetings for Christmas and New Year." Inside "Desert scene with mosque" and "With the Australian Imperial Force in the Middle East."

Historical information

The card relates to a collection re John EDWARDS VX3857 2nd AIF. It was possibly sent to Miss A McLURE. Refer Cat No 536 for his service details and Miss McLURE.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the rear " from VX3857 J.Edwards.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white photo of 3 members of A Flight No 21 Squadron in rectangular black timber frame with wire hanger.

Historical information

Given that the photo is 1936 the first two are possibly, F/O Joshua Roger McDONALD No 86, enlisted 15.1.35. At his death on 10.12.1941 he was Wing Commander No 13 Sqd RAAF Darwin. Flying Hudson No A16-69 himself and 3 crew members were killed when the plane crashed into the sea near Ambon Island, Indonesia. Fl/Lt Robert Frederick DALTON No 37, no details of enlistment date. When he was discharged from the RAAF on 16.12.1947 he was Wing Commander at RSTN Laverton (TD & RS) F/O Frederick Attwood WITTSCHEIBE No 89 enlisted on 15.1.1935. At discharge from the RAAF on 21.5.1946 he was Wing Commander at Station HQ East Sale. There is only one WITTSCHEIBE listed on the nominal role. Refer also Reg No 97.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on rear: F/O McDonald, FL/Lt R F Dalton, F/O F A Wittscheibe (Born Bendigo 1913, died Bendigo 1998) A Flight No 2 Squadron, circa 1936.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (2) RE J. Douglas. 1. War medal 1914 -19. (Replica, not engraved) 2. Victory Medal.

Historical information

James Douglas No 2669 enlisted 8.8.16 in the 6th reinforcements to the 60th Batt AIF aged 39 years 8 months. Embarked for England 2.10.16, hospital 5.2.17 with Tonsilitis, WIA 9.8.18 GSW right Thigh severe, returned to Australia 8.11.18 with Debility, discharged from the AIF 29.1.19.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2669 T- Sgt. J Douglas 60 BN A.I.F"

BOOK - My Darling Mick: The Life of Granville Ryrie 1865-1937

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

254 page illustrated softcover book. Cardboard covers with B&W and colour photos. Title in black is in two tone brown strip in centre of cover. Biography of General Sir Granville Ryrie.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue on front end paper "Donated by Raymond Schilling" Red RSL stamp on front end paper

CURRENCY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Currency, Notes, Collection: .1) 10 Gulden, purple ink, for use in Dutch Indies, "SI" stamped on front .2) 10 Rupees, red ink, for use in India "BA" stamped on front .3) 1 cent, blue ink, "MD" stamped on front - no country

Historical information

Souvenired by Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF. Refer 1911P for service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) 10 Gulden note = "De Japansche regeering betaalt aan toonder" .2) 10 Rupee note = "The Japanese Government Ten Rupees" .3) "The Japanese Government One Cent"

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Fighter plane mounted on ashtray base(2 pieces). Plane removable, made from artillery rounds, central stem welded onto ash tray base.

Historical information

Trench Art. Used shell base 25 pounder dated 1941 plus various rounds to depict a fighter plane. Belonged to John Donald McSween, no. 117346 LAC RAAF, enlisted 14.8.1942; discharged 14.5.1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge on central stem, "AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES".

BOOK & CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Record of Service book A.A.B 83, brown, card covered. .2) Certificate of Discharge No 306694 from the 2nd AIF. Details name, rank, unit, service home & abroad, enlistment & discharge dates. Paper sheet with black printed ink.

Historical information

Items relate to Howard Maxwell DAY VX31282. Enlisted 11.6.1940 in the 2nd AIF age 22 years 10 months. Served in the Middle East from 26.12.1940 to 15.3.1942 and Balikpapan from 23.6.1945 to 19.11.1945. On discharge from the Army 30.11.1945 he was a Sergeant in No 1 Ordnance Field Park AASC. Refer Reg No's 87, 88, 89, 90, 91.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Handwritten in ink at top: Left: Army No: VX31282 Centre: Rank: Sgt Right: Name: DAY H M .2) Information typed at top centre: VX31282 Sergeant Howard Maxwell DAY 11 Jun 1940 - 30 Nov 1945

LETTER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) - .4) Four pages of hand written letters on yellowed paper, pen and ink from Swag to his sister, Trixie.

Historical information

The 4 pages where written over 2 days, 4.7.18 & 8.7.18 by Horace "Swag" LONG No 437 to his sister Trixie, also referred to in the letter as Beat. In other letters / photos she is referred to as Beat. Refer the following Cat No’s re the Long family, 07.2, 12.3, 13.2, 14.3, 15P, 16P, 17P.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Top right: Some where along the Jordan 4/7/18

BROOCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brooch, diamond shaped, Perspex coated, blue colour. Encased in the Perspex is a gold coloured RAAF badge, under is a small badge, bird with outstretched wings gold colour. A small metal ring attached at the top.

Historical information

Belonged to David Andrew No 400247 RAAF, KIA 5.4.43. Refer 2048, 2085, 2088.

COINS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Mounted Collection of Coins Malayan 1 cent dated 1940 20 cent dated 1945 10 cent dated 1941 5 cent dated 1945 Dutch 1 Gulden dated 1942 1/4 Gulden dated 1942 1/10 Gulden dated 1942 Note: All 7 coins are glued to cardboard piece.

Historical information

Souvenired by Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF, refer 1911P for service history.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (2) Re Pte T. Darrie British Welsh Regiment. 1. War Medal 1914-19. (replica not inscribed). 2. Victory Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

"59331 Pte. T. Darrie Welsh Regiment"

CAP, PEAKED, RAAF

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hat, peaked cap (size 6 3/4) with RAAF cap badge. Blue outer with leather inside headband. Clear plastic inner top lining, narrow black plastic front strap secured with small brass buttons on each end.

Historical information

Item issued to R.R Bennetts No A312177 RAAF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked inside: "MTX size 6 3/4 A↑F Made in Australia" Inside leather band"A312177 Bennetts RR RAAF ↑310"

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Badge: Volunteered for Active Service.

Historical information

These badges were issued from July 1st 1915. The number on the rear pertains to a register of persons who volunteered for active service but declared medically unfit. This badge was issued to W S SMITH.

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear - No. 3511 Centre of badge has the Australian Coat of Arms. Around the outside are words - Volunteered For Active Service. Inside that at top section are words - Issued by Dept of Defence. Below Coat of Arms are words - Medically Unfit.

CARD, IDENTIFICATION

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

North-West Melbourne RSL sub-branch life membership card for N Spencer. Front is black with faded silver embossed RSL badge with sub-branch title. Folds in half.

PACKAGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

5 Ration Packs in Plastic Bag. Each for 24 hours Provisons

BOOKS - Soldiers pay

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Pay book, mustard colour No 26748. B & W image of soldier, passport size, stapled inside back cover. .2, .3, .4) Pay books, Tan colour, No's 27965, 11195, 15297.

Historical information

The pay books belonged to Francis William (Dinky) Dean BEM, No's VX93960 2nd AIF, 3742 1RAR. Refer Cat No 124.2 for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on each pay book: "3742 Dean Francis William."

HANDLE, KIT BAG

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

BOOKS - TEE EMM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

9 editions of magazine (one cover missing). Published by R.A.A.F.

Historical information

Items saved by Maurice Anthony BYRNE No 428397 RAAF, born Bendigo, enlisted on 13.10.1942 age 18 years. Discharged from the RAAF on 30.12.1948.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Certificate of Discharge re Henry Holmberg. Details name, rank, regt number, enlistment date, reason for discharge, service number, home and abroad time and discharge date. Frame is black wood.

Historical information

Henry Holmberg No's 334, 26673 8th L.H Regt AIF. Refer 54P for full service details re Henry and brother Carl. Also 609P

Inscriptions & Markings

"Register No 413"

BAYONET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Spike bayonet for British No 4 rifle, serial number 63.

CAP, PEAKED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki felt outer covering, flat top with peaked front, tan leather front strap attached at sizes with black buttons. Black Australian Commonwealth Military Force badge on front, light tan lining inside with light tan leather inside band, 2 ventilation holes each side under top.

Inscriptions & Markings

In gold print on inside band: Wilkes Todhunter Pty Ltd Military Outfitters Melbourne Victoria